Ice Rink desperately needed for my future in figure skating

Dear George

 

Why why why was Bristol's ice skating rink knocked down? You are crushing my dreams of being an olympic figure skater, and probably other little girls and boys too. Please please please. The nearest ice skating rink is in Swindon and you have to be a level 5 figure skater in figure skating to join their club. So any way i wouldnt be able to go there. if you do build one in bristol could you please add a figure skating club and figure skating coaches and maybe an ice hockey team.I and many other people would be absolutely thrilled if you would build an ice skating rink in Bristol.Please reply.Please please please George.

Many thanks

Charlotte May Thompson, Age:9!

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by Cthompson on January 06, 2014 at 05:32PM

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  • Posted by ASKBristol January 07, 2014 at 10:39

    Unfortunately, we do not live in an age where there is lots of public funding for new facilities like ice skating rinks. Due to reductions in funding from central government, the council will have £90 million less to spend on services over the next three years. This is one quarter of our budget and will result in job losses.

    The Mayor has prioritised the Bristol Arena which is planned to host sporting events. If the funding is secured and other hurdles overcome, this is planned to be built alongside Temple Meads for easy access.

    We're afraid the propects for an ice skating rink would be dependent on a private sector operator identifying a suitable site to construct and run one.

    We'd all like to see better leisure facilities in the city, but we must be aware of the reductions in central government funding which are severely reducing the council's ability to provide and support new leisure facilities.
  • Posted by dzfoakes January 08, 2014 at 13:36

    If indeed 'we do not live in an age where there is lots of public funding for new facilities like ice skating rinks' then I ask the question, what have the council done so far to encourage developers to come forward to build a new privately-owned and run rink? I too was dismayed when the rink shut - why was this? The rink said that it was turning a profit, was it only because the developer could make more money from the site as accommodation as opposed to as an ice rink? If it is true that 'We'd all like to see better leisure facilities in the city' then why did the council give the developer the Change Of Use permission it needed to turn a profitable sports venue into more accommodation? Would it not have made infinitely more sense to build the new accommodation elsewhere, and kept the rink as a rink? I seriously doubt the council's priorities when it comes to sporting facilities over profiteering.
  • Posted by jonny January 08, 2014 at 13:48

    Yes, fantastic idea....wouldn't it be lovely to have an open roof.....if they could afford these things in the 1970s, why not today?
  • Posted by mobwilliams January 08, 2014 at 15:49

    Given that obesity is such a problem and no doubt costs Bristol as well as the nation a lot of money, surely a facility like an ice rink would be ideal as a way of providing exercise facilities. It would also help to discover new talent for winter Olympics and provide another sporting venue for schools to use.
  • Posted by bkrish January 08, 2014 at 17:50

    As suggested by 'dzfoakes' council need not set up its own ice rink, it can be given to private and just alloting a space.

    by this council will also be generating a considerable revenue and people will get a ice rink and the person who builds will also be yielding profit.
  • Posted by bwhitlock January 08, 2014 at 19:48

    How possible would it be to convert some of the disUsed swimming pools into ice-rinks, probably too expensive I guess, but worth a thought?
  • Posted by BristolIceArena February 17, 2014 at 14:36

    Bristol should be getting another ice rink soon!

    <a href="http://www.bristolicearena.com">Bristol Ice Arena</a>
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